Poor ethics, worse strategy
We go to Google to know what Foreign Policy has said about Leopoldo Lopez and find the name of the magazine together with some of the most unsavory publications that defend the dictatorial and corrupt regime that has destroyed Venezuela. Thrown together with the likes of www.venezuelanalysis.com, The Nation, an extremist group of lawyers called NLG, a mercenary site called axisoflogic and the Venezuelan regime TV station called Telesur, Foreign Policy has joined the ranks of the defenders of the rotten dictatorship that has already lasted 16 agonizing years in Venezuela. See list below:
Jul 29, 2015 - Roberto Lovato has just published a great investigative essay in Foreign Policy on Leopoldo Lopez, the jailed darling of Venezuela's opposition. Lopez is celebrated in the US press as a cross between Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
Jul 30, 2015 - Resumen Latinoamericano/ 28 de Julio 2015.- Con el sugerente título de The Making of Leopoldo Lopez (La fabricación de Leopoldo Lopez, ...
Aug 20, 2015 - Ben Pauker, Executive Editor, Foreign Policy ... by Foreign Policy on July 27, 2015, “The Making of Leopoldo Lopez” by Roberto Lovato.
Aug 5, 2015 - We speak with Roberto Lovato about his new piece in Foreign Policy. Lovato is a writer and visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for ...
Jul 28, 2015 - Venezuela: Leopoldo Lopez still in jail, FP fails ... links to Roberto Lovato's lengthy article in Foreign Policy, The Making of Leopoldo Lopez
By Roberto Lovato - Foreign Policy , Jul 27th 2015 ... Robert Lovato delves into Leopoldo Lopez's checkered past from his elite US education to his suspected ...
The Huffington Post
"My husband, Leopoldo Lopez, is in prison for saying what all of Venezuela wanted to .... Read More: Maduro Protest Resign, Leopoldo Lopez..
Aug 5, 2015 - That is why I was shocked that Foreign Policy published Roberto Lovato's lengthy and devastating exposé of Leopoldo Lopez. When Desmond ...
Aug 4, 2015 - That is why I was shocked that Foreign Policy published Roberto Lovato's lengthy and devastating exposé of Leopoldo Lopez. When Desmond ...
Aug 22, 2015 - Foreign Policy descubre inconsistencias de un Leopoldo López fabricado por los medios estadounidenses | La Tabla ...
What is very sad about this is that FP was not aligned with the Venezuelan dictatorship until several weeks ago, when it published the piece by a sandalista called Roberto Lovato, a hatchet job with abundant factual errors that had been one year in the making, giving FP plenty of time to check out the facts.
Financed by The Nation Institute, Lovato has written a piece designed to keep Leopoldo Lopez in prison, when the rest of the world is demanding his freedom. And Foreign Policy, of all publications, has been the vehicle that has served as vehicle for this despicable job.
The barrage of propaganda about this piece in media ideologically sold to the Venezuelan dictatorship proves that the FP publication was part of a carefully coordinated effort to harm Lopez, with the money of Venezuelans which is being illegally used by the regime to attack its opponents.
Almost every decent lover of democracy in the hemisphere knows that Leopoldo Lopez is a political prisoner, kept in jail without a proper and fair trial and under torture. Every one, it seems, except David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy’s CEO and main responsible for letting this piece of trash on Lopez appear in the pages of his magazine.
The unfortunate decision by Rothkopf has been accompanied by a rude disregard for the comments opposing the piece, which have not been given an opening in the pages of the publication. This is the case with my letter to the Editor, sent about three weeks ago and that, up to now, it has not even been acknowledged.
Ethically and strategically, Rothkopf’s move has been disastrous. Siding with a corrupt and abusive political regime is always unethical but doing it at the time in which the regime is imploding is strategically ridiculous. During the last months the Nicolas Maduro regime has been collapsing, food and medicines unavailable to the people, armed gangs imposing their criminal rules in many cities, the borders with Colombia now closed and open persecution going on against Colombian citizens living in Venezuela, a conflict with Guyana and the progressive isolation of the regime from civilized international organizations.
I will denounce Foreign Policy’s unethical behavior in all possible venues where I might have the chance to participate and would cancel my subscription if I had one.